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Family

Family

We make fun of each other.  It is what we do in life, to show our love, to show a familiarity.  It is how Irish Catholic families pass on their traditions of storytelling and guilt at the same time.  I love sparring with my brother Michael (who alternately works for ...

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Listening

Listening

Strategy... How to make things better? How to push on one lever to impact another? How to support and sing real praises? How to listen, really listen? How to let others speak first.... How to engage smart young people? How to speak from the heart... How to engage in real discussions on real topics that people care about? How ...

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Travel

Travel

Each time we embark on something new, we open our eyes in a different way. We notice elements of the experience differently. When you land in a new place, you have to take it in differently, for guideposts, markers, unique characteristics. Each time I land in ...

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Education

Education

For all those interested in education reform, most will concede we have failed MANY our youth by giving up on them, left them with a system designed for the industrial revolution, instruction with limited to no relevancy for today's world and often encourage youth to find a ...

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Jennifer Griffin-Wiesner

Since 2002, Jennifer has run a dynamic independent writing, training and consulting business. She works with clients to clarify their objectives and current practices, and then create and implement appropriate quality improvement, community mobilization or communication strategies and tools. Her primary areas of content expertise are youth development, youth program quality, non-formal education, and communication. Clients include George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Public Health, the Minnesota Institute of Public Health, Search Institute, TVbyGirls, the University of Minnesota’s Center for 4H Youth Development and Youth Work Institute, and Wilder Foundation. In 2008 she co-chaired the Yes281 Citizen Referendum Campaign Committee, which passed a $9.4 million school levy referendum for ISD 281 in one of the toughest campaign seasons in U. S. history. She is also certified by the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality as a Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA) rater and serves Twin Cities-based non-profits as a Youth Program Quality Improvement coach/consultant.

Prior to launching her consulting practice Jennifer worked for 10 years for Search Institute in both research and publishing. She holds an M.Ed. in Youth Development Leadership from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Communications from Augsburg College. She is the author of dozens of books, curricula, Web pages and other resources, including the book Teaching Kids to Change the World: Lessons to Inspire Positive Community Change in Grades 6-12 with Chris Maser.